Building a cloud platform for growth
On The Beach was running its travel platform and backend IT systems from two on-premises data centres. With a highly technical staff, the brand was operating its data centres as efficiently as possible, but with more growth expected, it was investigating how cloud might provide a more flexible alternative.
Although the company was generally happy with its on-premises data centres, it recognised that cloud was now a mature technology that could allow easy scaling and provide a foundation for growth.
On The Beach’s engineering team was being slowed down because they were on premises, meaning that individual applications and updates needed to be installed on physical servers as well as individual devices. Therefore, their main justification for using cloud was that it could improve their speed to market and allow them to scale quickly. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the travel industry, the company decided that the time was right to execute its cloud migration.
After comparing offerings from different cloud providers, the company chose to use AWS because of its diverse range of services and its ability to optimise costs. Although it had the technical expertise in-house, On The Beach wanted a trusted external cloud expert - AND Digital - to manage the overall migration project.